Ringtone Apoko, a musician, declared that he has officially stopped producing gospel music yesterday, Wednesday, June 6. The self-described chairman of gospel music announced in an Instagram video that he was switching from gospel to love songs.
Ringtone requested that nonreligious artists accept him into the field and not perceive him as a threat. To all artists in the secular industry, I say, “Don’t see this as the end; rather, accept me with an open heart so that we can advance the field.” He added, “I want to thank all the musicians in the gospel industry, the likes of Moji Short Baba, Guardian Angel, and the rest, thank you for supporting me as your chair.” He also gave a shoutout to a few gospel artists who he claims have been supporting him.
Ringtone now joins other Kenyan artists who have left the gospel industry for a variety of reasons, including Bahati, Willy Paul, and Jimmy Gait.